Neste Oil Corporation
18 November 2010 at 12.30 pm (EET)
Neste Oil taking part in renewable diesel trials in Germany - to reduce tailpipe emissions
Neste Oil is taking part in a test program on diesel fuel produced from 100% renewable raw materials in Coburg, Germany. A total of 15 different vehicles are involved in the field trials, all powered by a new blend of renewable diesel. Known as Diesel Regenerativ, this contains either 93% or 98% of Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel and 7% or 2% of conventional FAME-type biodiesel. Both fuels are produced from German rapeseed oil.
The year-long project will test the performance of the new fuel and the contribution it can make to lower emissions. The trials will focus on the negative impact traffic has on busy city centers and the benefits that renewable fuel can bring to the urban environment. The tests will also enable the performance of renewable diesel produced using two different technologies to be compared under field conditions.
In addition to Neste Oil, the project involves a number of German official agencies, universities, research institutions, and automotive manufacturers:
- Technologietransferzentrum Automotive der Hochschule Coburg (TAC)
- Coburg University of Applied Sciences
- Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health
- Volkswagen AG
- Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (vTI)
- AUDI AG
- Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP).
"Previous field trials have shown that NExBTL renewable diesel performs excellently when used in a variety of fuel blends and under a very wide range of conditions," says Osmo Kammonen, Neste Oil's Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs. "The Coburg trials will now give us the opportunity to assess its performance and emissions reduction potential when blended with conventional biodiesel."
Neste Oil Corporation
Director, Corporate Communications
Osmo Kammonen, Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, tel. +358 (0)10 458 4885
Neste Oil in brief
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company is the world's leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil's refineries are located at Porvoo and Naantali in Finland and have a combined crude oil refining capacity of approx. 260,000 bbl/d. The company had net sales of EUR 9.6 billion in 2009, employs around 5,000 people, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Neste Oil is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and is featured in the Ethibel Pioneer Investment Register. It has been awarded 'Best in Class' recognition for its social accountability by the Norwegian bank, Storebrand, and is on Innovest's Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable corporations. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) has ranked Neste Oil as the best performer in the oil & gas sector. Further information: www.nesteoil.com.
NExBTL renewable diesel in brief
Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel is compatible with all diesel engines and can be used as such or blended with fossil diesel. It has an identical chemical composition to that of fossil diesel and offers equally good or superior product properties. NExBTL renewable diesel has been tested extensively and successfully in trucks, buses, and cars around the world. Neste Oil supplies the Finnish market with Neste Green diesel, which contains a minimum of 10% renewable content.